Saturday 14 December 2019

Real Madrid make David De Gea their top target after transfer ban is overturned

Manchester United's David de Gea. Photo: Reuters
Manchester United's David de Gea. Photo: Reuters

Florentino Perez has made David De Gea Real Madrid's number one transfer target after the club's transfer ban was over turned.

According to Madrid newspaper, AS, Real will do their utmost to secure the signing of the Manchester United goalkeeper.

Real Madrid had been banned from any transfer activity for breaching Fifa rules. However the La Liga clubs have since announced that their transfer embargos have been suspended, pending appeal, allowing the club to make signings this January.

David De Gea came within hours of a move to Real Madrid before a mix-up with essential paperwork scuppered the deal as the window closed.

The Spanish international signed a new contract with Manchester United just a month after his failed move, however Perez is unlikely to be put off acquiring the 25-year-old.

You may not have heard of him, but Manchester United certainly have, and the Daily Star claim that they're prepared to spalsh out £30m on Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches.

Despite his rather absurd £60m buy-out clause, a fee of around half that sum is understood to be enough to bring him to Old Trafford, and United representatives have met with a Benfica contingent in London to thrash out a deal for the 18-year-old Portuguese sensation.

Speaking of United wonderkids, what's happened to young Nick Powell? The 21-year-old, signed from Crewe in 2012, was seemingly destined for the top but now, four long years later, has a Twitter bio that reads "Pure sloth" and is strongly linked with a loan move to Hull City.

ESPN report that Tigers boss and former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce is very keen to bring the waylaid forward to the KC Stadium. "Yes, he is somebody who interests us," Bruce told a press conference. "I've liked Nick from the first time I saw him at Crewe.

"Whether we can get something over the line is still debatable but we are trying and we will see if we can do that."

What's that? You want more rumours of a United transfer raid for a fresh-faced young Portuguese starlet? Step right here, because United have also been linked with a swoop for 16-year-old whippersnapper Domingos Quina, who The Sun inevitably describe as "one of European football's hottest properties". For which humble footballing outpost does he currently ply his trade? Chelsea.

The midfielder has been at Stamford Bridge since he was 13 and has somehow managed three years without being packaged up and sent out on loan, but United think they can persuade him to move north. In all honestly, we just want to be able to Google him in five years' time and find more than just a dusty old transfer rumour to show for it. Make the right choice, Domingos, whatever it is.

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